Higher Education Webinars

Technology and Learning

A space for conversation and debate about learning and technology

February 11, 2010 - 11:33pm
In 2019 both of my girls will be in college. Our tuition dollars will go to the schools that figure out how to match my daughters' learning styles with the curriculum. And we are not alone. A generation of parents have come of age who believe passionately in multiple intelligences, and the requirement that educational institutions adapt themselves to our kids' brains as opposed to the other way around. We have seen first hand how our kids respond to the Web, gaming, mobile platforms, and their increasing ability to leverage technology to produce, share and collaborate.
February 10, 2010 - 9:44pm
Should academic libraries purchase popular nonfiction?Should academic libraries supply borrowers with the book format that matches their preferences and learning styles (paper, e-paper, or audio)?Where does meeting staff needs for both collections and formats fall into the purchasing priority for academic libraries?
February 9, 2010 - 8:07pm
Dean Dad and I just finished Menand's new book - and I'm here to convince you to move it to the 'front burner' of your reading list!
February 8, 2010 - 8:57pm
In my fantasy world our jobs in higher education technology include includes time for book discussion. The boss, or the unit, or someone would choose a book each month that relates to our jobs - buy the book for everyone - and set aside one hour for all of us to discuss. Maybe we'd all vote on the books. And all of us could choose the format we want to read our books. I'd choose audio. Maybe my colleague would choose an e-book. Some people would choose paper.
February 7, 2010 - 8:43pm
I've been rejected to teach online at the University of Phoenix. I'll survive. But I'll admit to being a little perplexed. The reasons that I applied to teach online for U of P are:1) I love online teaching, and teaching online works well with my schedule, as I'm able to teach at night and on the weekends.
February 4, 2010 - 9:44pm
One good thing that I hope emerges from our whole discussion on curricular video and copyright is an extension of this conversation to include video projects.The real pedagogical action around video is not viewing, but creating.
February 3, 2010 - 9:20pm
Is the debate we are having about copyright and online streaming of course video (behind a password through the LMS) lagging behind new methods of teaching? How do we situate the discussion within the context of wanting our students to have full, unrestricted access to the assigned class videos source files so that they can create their own new works of scholarship via a mashup?
February 2, 2010 - 9:42pm
Even my worst days as a learning technologist beat the crap out of my best days in most of the jobs I've had. I've worked food service (Dunkin Donuts), and I've worked retail (ladies clothing - don't ask), and trust me that working in academic technology is a choice gig. Truth be told, I was terrible at any job that required a cash register. If you've ever worked behind coffee counter then you will always, and I mean always, leave money in the tip jar.
February 1, 2010 - 9:43pm
Grand Nannie is 92. She wants to be able to speak to her computer to have it do three things: 1) Transfer her paper rolodex into the computer (by speaking) and then be able to retrieve the names (by voice) so she can dictate a letter.2) Dictate letters.3) Look at the news.
January 31, 2010 - 8:46pm
One of my colleagues jokes that when she retires from her academic tech gig that she is going to start a consulting company solely focussed on guiding ed tech vendors in improving their webinar demos. Webinars are the product demos given over WebEx (or some other synchronous tool) that have largely replaced the campus visit for at least the initial company show-and-tell.

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